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Rubber City Theatre

Rubber City Theatre Affordable Professional Theatre We are a professional Equity theatre company in Akron, Ohio.

New Home. New Season. New Series. Join us for "Rubber City Theatre Rundown" our new video series where we take you behin...
05/01/2022
Rubber City Theatre Rundown: Getting to Know James Davis

New Home. New Season. New Series. Join us for "Rubber City Theatre Rundown" our new video series where we take you behind the scenes to meet our designers, explain techniques, and give you the ultimate backstage experience!
First up, meet James Davis, the lighting designer for the Rust Belt Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Enemy of the People! https://youtu.be/1R_0W_TQca8

Join us as we get to know James Davis, the Lighting Designer for the Rust Belt Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Enemy of the People.

Our first day of tech for the Rust Belt Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Enemy of the People went swimmingly💧😉! We are SO ex...
04/30/2022

Our first day of tech for the Rust Belt Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Enemy of the People went swimmingly💧😉! We are SO excited for you to join us in our new home for our first main stage of the season!

Haven’t purchased your tickets? Get them here! https://ci.ovationtix.com/34890/production/1107604

04/28/2022

Have you ever wondered what goes into creating the set for a show? Brian C. Seckfort, RCT’s Director of Artistic Operations, explains the texturing being used on the set of the Rust Belt Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Enemy of the People. Get tickets to the production here: https://ci.ovationtix.com/34890/production/1107604

One of our favorite parts of working on new adaptations of classics is that our creative team members can sit in on rehe...
04/24/2022

One of our favorite parts of working on new adaptations of classics is that our creative team members can sit in on rehearsals! It was such a pleasure to have Les Hunter, who created the Rustbelt adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s Enemy of the People in attendance today!

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You met the cast, now meet the creative team responsible for the Rustbelt Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Enemy of the Peop...
04/21/2022

You met the cast, now meet the creative team responsible for the Rustbelt Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Enemy of the People! Directed by Lana Sugarman and Adapted by Les Hunter based on an idea by Christine McBurney with Cathleen O'Malley, this adaptation takes on Ibsen's classic play by putting it into a modern setting. We're ready... are you?
https://ci.ovationtix.com/34890/production/1107604

We have chills just thinking about it! Macbeth opens in just TWO days! ❤️⚔️👑
04/20/2022

We have chills just thinking about it! Macbeth opens in just TWO days! ❤️⚔️👑

Often referred to by actors and crew members as “The Scottish Play,” and a number of other euphemisms, it is supposed that Macbeth is a cursed play, and actors avoid saying the name when in the theatre!
It is said that the superstition started with the play’s first ever performance in the early 17th century, when the boy cast as Lady Macbeth suddenly fell ill and died right before going on stage, and Shakespeare himself had to play the role instead.
It doesn’t end there. Macbeth has a morbid history of death and violence, both at its performances and in its actors.
Why is the play cursed? Some say that witches in attendance were furious that Shakespeare used incantations, and they cursed the play forevermore as retribution. Others believe that Shakespeare himself cursed the play after King James I forbade it from ever being performed again.
Whether it’s a coincidence, or it truly is cursed, we promise, we’ve been careful not to say the ‘M’ word!

The theatre workshop production of Macbeth opens in two days.

Have you purchased your tickets? https://ci.ovationtix.com/34890/production/1100278

04/18/2022

Need help finding your way to Macbeth? Our friends at DTAA created this video to guide you! We hope to see you there!

There's trouble in the water and only Dr. Tammie Stockman can sound the alarm. Set in a mid-sized, Rust-Belt city during...
04/13/2022

There's trouble in the water and only Dr. Tammie Stockman can sound the alarm. Set in a mid-sized, Rust-Belt city during the Trump era, this adaptation of An Enemy of the People delves into questions that were as pertinent for Ibsen as they are today. What inspires people to action? Can scientific discovery mobilize outcomes when economic opportunities are at stake, and fear is pervasive? Will Tammie sacrifice everything, her job, her friends, her family--for the truth? Or is she just the enemy of the people? ​https://ci.ovationtix.com/34890/production/1107604

Our education department is thrilled to announce our wonderful partnership with Akron Public Schools. Check out our fun ...
04/01/2022
The Summer Experience 2022

Our education department is thrilled to announce our wonderful partnership with Akron Public Schools. Check out our fun and exciting line up of classes and camps open to all Akron Public School Students. #weloveakron

Follow the link to enroll! https://sites.google.com/apslearns.org/thesummerexperience2022/home

EXPLORE! CREATE! HAVE FUN! Preview the wide variety of exciting summer programs for Akron Public Schools students. Summer offerings, or what we call The Summer Experience: Choose Your Adventure, are designed for students to have fun, be creative, solve mysteries, learn about careers, tinker

We’re partnering with Les Délices to offer you a discount code for 10% off Full Price tickets to the company’s performan...
03/31/2022
LIVE PERFORMANCES: The White Cat - Les Délices

We’re partnering with Les Délices to offer you a discount code for 10% off Full Price tickets to the company’s performance of The White Cat at the Akron Public Library this weekend. Message us to learn more!

https://www.lesdelices.org/event/live-white-cat/

A Baroque opera pastiche with puppets and projected imagery based on Catherine D’Aulnoy’s 17th C feminist retelling of Puss in Boots. Original libretto by Larry Rosenwald (Guggenheim Award winner 2020) with music by Lully, Couperin, Marais, and others. Live performances in NE Ohio will take plac...

What are the ingredients to a Wonka Bar you ask? 2 sold out shows, 35 actors, over 400 audience members, hundreds of pie...
03/27/2022

What are the ingredients to a Wonka Bar you ask? 2 sold out shows, 35 actors, over 400 audience members, hundreds of pieces of candy, and a LOT of fun.

A huge thank you to our fans who attended W***y Wonka Kids! Thank you for helping make Daum Theatre one of our new homes❤️

AUDITIONS AEA/Non-Union! CALL TYPE: Video Submission - Henrik Ibsen's Enemy of the People, Adapted by Les Hunter, based ...
03/21/2022
Enemy

AUDITIONS AEA/Non-Union!
CALL TYPE: Video Submission - Henrik Ibsen's Enemy of the People, Adapted by Les Hunter, based on an idea by Christine McBurney with Cathleen O'Malley.
CONTRACT
SPT Tier 1 - $279 weekly minimum +Health/Pension
Non-AEA - $250.00 stipend for run - EMC points available
PERSONNEL
Audition Videos will be viewed by Christine McBurney, Director; Les Hunter, Adaptor; Cathleen O'Malley, Creative Consultant; Lana Sugarman, Assistant Director; and Dane CT Leasure, Executive Artistic Director.
OTHER DATES
Video Audition Submission Deadline - 3/30/22
Call Backs Virtually - April 7th from 7:00pm-9:00pm
Rehearsals Begin - April 12th
Tech begins - April 30th
Opening May 6th
Closing - May 21st
SEEKING
Seeking Covid-19 fully vaccinated and boosted AEA and non-AEA actors. All roles available. See Breakdown below.
BREAKDOWN
PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Please prepare two contrasting monologues, one contemporary, one classic. Please email video in an unlisted YouTube [or similar platform] link along with headshot and resume to [email protected]. Please specify the roles you would like to be considered for.
DEADLINE: 4/04/22
SEEKING:
INTIMACY NOTICE
RCT has engaged with a qualified Intimacy Director to work with all actors. The Intimacy Director will work with the actors playing Tammie and Kate to create moments of kissing and/or embracing that work within the actors’ boundaries. We may discover other moments of casual or familial intimacy between characters (e.g. casual touching, embracing) that work within the boundaries of each actor.
Also note: this production aims to use water onstage in a variety of ways, and some characters may need to get wet as they attempt to fix leaks.
We are seeking actors of all races and ethnicities for all roles.
Please note: This is a world premier, modern adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's play. See www.rubbercitytheatre.com/enemy for synopsis.
1. Dr. Tammie “Tam” Stockman: Late 30s. Female. Admirable in her constant search for truth, but unyielding, refusing to listen to others when she knows she’s right. Wife of Kate. Mother of Petra. Intimacy request: kiss(es) and embraces with Kate.

2. Kate Lee: 30s/40s. Female. Wife of Tammie. Artist, loving mother. Fulfilled personally, but not professionally. Intimacy request: kiss(es) and embraces with Tammie.

3. Peter Stockman: 40s. Male. Tammie's brother. Mayor. A populist “outsider” who has been an insider all along.

4. Bill Wynnefield: 20s. Male. Dynamic and entrepreneurial editor of the local paper.

5. Martin: 70s. Male. Conservative, curmudgeonly widowed farmer.

6. Petra: 18-22. Female. Young, idealistic.

7. Heather: 40s. Female. Editor of a dying local newspaper.

8. Anthony Kalan: Male, 50s or 60s. Head of the chamber of commerce and a self-made man.

OTHER
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.

In reference to the character descriptions - most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with the he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that are in the following descriptions. But, however limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities. As an ADA compliant theatre, we welcome performers of all abilities and will make all reasonable accommodations in order to cast performers, regardless of disability, in any role possible. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide. (Language developed by Kevin Kantor and Emily Tarquin from the Actors Theatre of Louisville).

There's trouble in the water and only Dr. Tammie Stockman can sound the alarm. Set in a mid-sized, Rust-Belt city during the Trump era, this adaptation of An Enemy of the People delves into...

Between our incredible production team’s diligent work and creative solutions, our astounding cast of 35 kiddos, and a t...
03/21/2022

Between our incredible production team’s diligent work and creative solutions, our astounding cast of 35 kiddos, and a tasty visit from board member, Sharon Jackson, our first tech rehearsal in Daum was a SWEET success!!!🍭🥨

We can’t wait to see you at our show this weekend! https://ci.ovationtix.com/34890/production/1100280

Wonka Families—be sure to check your emails. Lots of exciting show information was sent out today.
03/01/2022

Wonka Families—be sure to check your emails. Lots of exciting show information was sent out today.

It’s almost time for the curtain to RISE on our 2022 Season announcement. Any guesses as to what shows we chose? 👀❓
03/01/2022

It’s almost time for the curtain to RISE on our 2022 Season announcement. Any guesses as to what shows we chose? 👀❓

Check out these amazing costume designs for "W***y Wonka Kids" by our designer Elena Varner Waltz.  We are delighted to ...
02/22/2022

Check out these amazing costume designs for "W***y Wonka Kids" by our designer Elena Varner Waltz. We are delighted to work with Elena, who is a senior at The Akron School of the Arts at Firestone CLC. We love the way she connected the characters through texture and color. Did you know that ALL of our designers are students?!? Get your tickets here to see their work: https://ci.ovationtix.com/34890/production/1100280

Happy Valentines Day! Most people celebrate love on Valentine’s Day… we, however, celebrate heartbreak.. Heartbreakers I...
02/14/2022

Happy Valentines Day! Most people celebrate love on Valentine’s Day… we, however, celebrate heartbreak.. Heartbreakers In Hell that is! ❤️‍🔥😈

The writers of the new musical, which premiered at RCT last fall, released “The First Date Remix” on all streaming platforms today! Congrats Ben and Joey!

Check out the Heartbreakers in Hell Instagram for more developments on the show!

WOW! 😱🥳 This week we received a pledge of $5,000! That means we are over $6,500 towards our goal of $10,000! Help us wra...
02/13/2022

WOW! 😱🥳 This week we received a pledge of $5,000! That means we are over $6,500 towards our goal of $10,000! Help us wrap up our spring fund drive by making a donation - https://ci.ovationtix.com/34890/store/donations/46469
🧐 Where does the money go? To costumes, sets, props, to making our education programs affordable and free, to the hard working artists who bring characters to life or support the production from backstage. Your donation makes a difference. #22for22rct

Our youth theatre cast of "W***y Wonka, KIDS" spent their Saturday learning choreography and so much more.  We received ...
02/01/2022

Our youth theatre cast of "W***y Wonka, KIDS" spent their Saturday learning choreography and so much more. We received an invitation to be special guests and observe the tech process for The University of Akron's upcoming production of "Athena." We talked with the fight choreographer, met the actors, and we watched the lightning designer work with the crew and the director. WOW! #theatreeducation #careersintheatre

Photos from The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration's post
01/31/2022

Photos from The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration's post

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01/28/2022

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Meet Casey Venema, the Director of Athena!
Casey Venema is a Cleveland-based director, actor, and intimacy choreographer focused on bringing to the stage unique and unexplored narratives- particularly those centering women's voices. Recent directing credits include Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight (Bucknell University), You Can't Take It With You (Little Theatre of Virginia Beach), I'm Alive You Bastards And I Always Will Be (Night Bloom Theatre Co.), Wildwood Park (Bucknell University), and a filmed reimagining of Hedda Gabler (Equality Productions).

Casey is also the resident intimacy director for Dobama Theatre and has worked as an intimacy director for several other theatres in Northeast Ohio including Karamu House, Seat of The Pants, Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, and Playwrights Local. When not directing or intimacy directing, Casey is usually performing. You can next see her on stage as "Cordelia" in The Access Theatre Project's production of Falsettos and as "Miss Barley" in Chagrin Valley Little Theatre's production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

In addition to her freelance work, Casey is the Co-Founder and Co-executive Director of Nightbloom Theatre Co., a Cleveland based ensemble dedicated to producing plays, both new and canonical, that bolster the voices of marginalized persons in our contemporary world and strengthening the Cleveland theatre community by providing significant artistic opportunity to emerging artists. Nightbloom Theatre was the recipient of a 2019 Awesome Foundation grant; to learn more check out www.nighbloomtheatre.org.

To keep up with Casey's theatrical adventures, follow her on Instagram @caseyvenem8 or drop her a line at www.caseyvenema.com."

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We are so excited about Rubber City Theatre's residency with us. Check out this lovely article from the Akron Beacon Journal!
⭐ UA and Rubber City Theatre form partnership that provides UA students with more performance opportunities and the chance to work alongside professionals in the industry. ⬇️ http://ow.ly/msGp50IrRIm
We’re so excited to have Rubber City Theatre in residence at UA. Check out their 2022 season!
Two years ago this weekend, theaters across the nation were abruptly closed. We attended our last live performance (for the duration) a production of LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST at Rubber City Theatre in Akron. They streamed this performance on Facebook Live, becoming perhaps the very first theater in the country to reach beyond the pandemic to bring theater to housebound audiences. Got some national attention, too. In this blog post I share that experience, and also my disappointment that a Great Lakes Theater production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, which I was so looking forward to, was suspending before it had even opened. That production will finally open later this month. What have we lost in the time since? Is there anything we can say we have gained?
We're thrilled that guest artist Julia Fisher, the resident Intimacy Director of Rubber City Theatre, joined us in our Workshop in Theatre class today! #theatre #akron #artsstarthere #GoZips
Jason Eno Samuel plays the roles of The Aborigine / Captain Watkin Tench, and Black Caesar. "I moved back to Cleveland from New York City 3 years ago after my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/dementia. I don’t mention this to garner sympathy, but it has drastically changed the trajectory of my life as a human and an artist. It is as if all of the education, training, tools and experience I obtained had lost significant value and I was forced to start all over. Forced to figure out how to connect, find work, and discover genuine community within the arts. Embracing the role of caregiver and maintaining my passion/profession for the arts has been very challenging to navigate. Admittedly, I felt lost. Since my return I am grateful that companies such as Rubber City Theatre and now Seat of the Pants have welcomed me into their spaces to create and seek refuge. Being a part of this production of OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD is not only providing me with the opportunity to play, to learn, revisit, and strengthen my technique and craft but my artistic soul has been saved by an incredibly gifted and generous ensemble of artists. I am elated to embark on this journey of healing, exploration and growth and honored to share it with audiences."
Today is a global day of giving. #GivingTuesday2021. Individuals, non profits, and businesses large and small are still feeling the direct financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The staff, board, and artists at Ensemble Theatre are thankful for you our theatre family! Without the support of our donors, audience members, community partners, funders, and volunteers we would not be here! Thank you for all you do to keep us vital and for all the meaning you give to the work that we do! Only if you are able, please consider a donation to Ensemble Theatre on this global day of giving to help us continue to weather this storm. Your donation, in any amount, will go directly to paying artists and keeping our operations going for the next 40 years. https://www.ensembletheatrecle.org/donations Please consider supporting other theatres in Northeast Ohio as well. Ohio Shakespeare Festival, Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, Near West Theatre, Rubber City Theatre, Karamu House, Beck Center for the Arts, LatinUs Theater Company, and more! Stay Safe! Stay Healthy. We are all in this together! With Sincere Gratitude-
Eric Mansfield at Rubber City Theatre
Where do all the cool kids hang out? We found out when we asked the cast of Rubber City Theatre's "Heartbreakers in Hell." Check out their final performances this weekend, October 14-15-16. Learn more at rubbercitytheatre.com
We’re excited to have Rubber City Theatre as a partner organization with our program and look forward to seeing what new Arts Administration GA, Cennidie Hall is working on!
100% recommend Rubber City Theatre if you are looking for theatre classes for young ones this fall! RCT has been partner of Nordonia Drama Club for years now, and they will not disappoint!!
Murder and Merriment, the 2nd largest murder mystery theatre company east of the Mississippi River, has officially opened its 4th new company – Murder and Merriment: North Central Ohio. We are now actively interviewing and hiring new actors to join our company of professional actors. We do structured improv and its some of the most fun you’ll ever have in theatre! Murder and Merriment celebrated its 10th Anniversary in October 2020 and is experiencing tremendous growth. If you are interested in learning more or interviewing with us, please send us a resume along with a recent photo or headshot to: [email protected]. Check us out on the web at www.murderandmerriment.com or on facebook. Thank you!